In American history, one
Congressman was re-elected from jail

Immigrant

Orphan

Soldier

Statesman

Founder of Fairhaven, Vt. 

Publisher of

The Scourge of Aristocracy


The Lyon of Vermont

The public are here presented Matthew Lyon's musical entitled: Spit'n Lyon, an unsung soldier's song

Nature has left this tincture in the blood, 

that all men would be tyrants if they could;    

if they forbear their neighbors to devour, 

tis not for want of will,

 but want of power.-  


-De-Foe. Jure Divino.

Ivory Tower

Act2  

 Beleaguered but defiant Lyon, in jail, sings to President Adams


Perhaps the Gentlemen

Act 2

Beulah Lyon campaigns for her imprisoned husband.  She is flanked by two Green Mountain Boys. 


Beulah Lyon Portrayed by Tella 

Tellamusic.com

This might Not Work

The election of 1800 in which Lyon cast the tie-breaking vote giving us President Jefferson

Alien & Sedition Acts

Congressman Lyon is shackled as President Adams signs the unconstitutional Alien & Sedition Acts.


President Adams portrayed by 

Milton Busker miltonbusker.com

Hold My Tea

Triangulation of power. 

 Haldimand Intrugue.

King George portrayed by Greg Goldman

Lyon portrayed by John Daly

Sam portrayed by Tellamusic


Marshall Fitch

Senator Mason arrives to attempt to pay Lyon's bail. 

Senator Mason portrayed by John Daly

Marshall Fitch portrayed by Greg Goldman

Beulah Lyon portrayed by Tellamusic

Who was the Lyon of Vermont?

Matthew Lyons Jail Cell, Jail cell Vergennes vermont, green street vergennes,

History

Imprisoned for violating the Alien Sedition act; which gave President Adams the right to bar or expel immigrants and incarcerate those who published against the administration

Matthew Lyon jail cell, Lyon's jail cell, uvm archive

Repeats

Lyon's letter published accuses Adams of needing 'foolish adulation' and 'ridiculous pomp'  

Four Months in in jail, Oct-Feb. 

Re-elected by a 2-1 margin. A parade 12 miles long follows the Lyon of Vermont to Philidelphia.


alley in Vergennes vermont, green street vergennes vermont

Forgotten

"One who deserved a monument, and had it in the hearts of every true man, and who stood up... against power and corruption, yet this man was entitled to no thanks from those who came after him..."

-Waddy Thompson 

Immigrant, Orphan, Soldier, Stateman

Born in county Wicklow, Ireland 1750, Matthew Lyon emigrated to the New World a teenage orphan and was sold into indentured servitude in CT. After working and bartering for his freedom, Lyon moved to the Hampshire Grants with Ethan Allen & Mary Hosford.  ​​Enlisting as a Private, he served in all the major local Revolutionary War battles including Ticonderoga, Montgomery’s army and Saratoga. Through the course of his honorable service he was promoted to Adjunct Paymaster to General Seth Warner.

Founder of Fairhaven Vermont, publisher of the Scourge of Aristocracy, Congressman Matthew Lyon was imprisoned for violating the Alien Sedition act; which had given the President unconstitutional authority to expel or refuse immigrants and imprison those who published against the administration. Lyon won re-election, by a 2 to 1 margin, while serving a four month jail sentence in Vergennes Vermont. 

Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Mason, Apollo Austin,  the Green Mountain Boys, and the citizens in town ALL tried to pay his $1,060.96 bail but Lyon and his 2nd wife Beulah refused the money.

 The ‘Lyon of Vermont’ effectively ended the Federalist Party when casting the tie-breaking vote for President Jefferson during the election of 1800, which had gone to the Congress after the electoral college failed.

The Album Arc


"...the greater the villainy to be exculpated from, the greater the fee." M. Lyon